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What to Expect from Your First Massage

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Posted: 15 February 2016
Booking your first ever massage can be a little intimidating, especially if you have no idea what to expect. Obviously you know what a massage is and what to expect from the treatment itself. But knowing the spa etiquette and what to expect from the moment you turn up can be a daunting for first-timers.

In this article I will outline what you can expect from a typical first-time visit to a spa or a massage therapist.

When You First Arrive
You should always arrive at least ten minutes early for a massage. This gives you time to book in with reception and answer any questions they may have. Likewise if you have any general questions for reception you can ask these.

The Interview
It’s perfectly normal to be interviewed by the therapist if they have never seen you before, so don’t be alarmed. The therapist will ask you about your medical history and if you have any conditions currently that may be relevant.

This is to ensure your safety. There are some contraindications that will deem you unable to have a massage for safety reasons. So always be honest and disclose anything you are asked. The therapist will also be looking to tailor their treatment to conditions and areas on your body as discussed in this interview.

During the Massage
You will lay on the massage table draped by a towel or a sheet. The therapist will lift the towel and move it as necessary for the complete treatment to be carried out. If you are uncomfortable, too cold or hot, or find a certain area too painful to touch then speak up. Therapists are not mind-readers, they welcome any feedback and will change their treatment accordingly.

Try and do your best to fully relax and clear your mind of thoughts. Form a good breathing pattern and keep this throughout. Don’t hold your breath if certain areas are painful. If you keep breathing regularly the treatment will be a lot more effective. This goes for muscles too, don’t tense your muscles if you can help it. The therapist needs to work on relaxed muscles to work out the tension and knots.

If it’s your first massage you may want to wait until it’s finished to discuss what you liked and didn’t like. Clients are always welcome to make comments during a massage, but it’s easier to summarize how it felt after it’s finished.

When the Massage Is Finished
The therapist will let you know when they have finished and then leave the room to allow you to get dressed. Take your time before getting up off the table, it’s not uncommon to feel a little light-headed after a massage.

Take a drink of water to re-hydrate, and then make your way back to the waiting area. You should be aware that you may feel soreness in your muscles the day after. This is perfectly normal and is similar to how you feel a day after working out. With regular massages this will become less and less noticeable as your muscles become accustomed to being massaged.

This article was provided by Jessica Fuller who blogs about massage therapy and other forms of alternative medicine and healing over at
Written by: Admin
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